Puma on the move again
In the second week of December 2021 I saw this Puma near the lodge resting in the dense bushes. Afterwards I saw him a couple of times passing right in front of the river or near the swimming pool. He is always passing by when you the least expect it. Either right before lunch time or late in the afternoon, especially when it is too hot to go on a hike.
I automatically look at the river side before doing something else or leave and that is when I saw something brown standing there. First I thought it was a deer, but this one was a bit bigger so yes... second thought was the Puma. Excited as I was, I started heading towards the pier while taking pictures. I called the others at the lodge too. Some came looking and others were afraid to go to the pier again alone.
This whole experience lasted at least one minute before he disappeared into the bushes but what an encounter.
Trail cam: solo Jaguar
Here is another trail cam photo of a Jaguar. Same trail but on its way back, facing the camera. Impressive animal for sure.
Trail cam: Jaguar couple
On one of the trails where I am also doing birdwatching I had set up a trapcam to check what I sometimes miss when I am not around. This is a perfect example of that. During broad daylight a jaguar couple was seen wandering around. On the same trail where I am walking too.
First sighting: Puma in Kabalebo
This photo of a Puma looking straight at me went viral. This is the story.
Ocelot passing during the day
I have seen ocelots passing by in front of the trophy cams. During the night in front of the feeder when I was feeding them. Daytime is quite unusual but I did have seen them several times crossing over open places, but always very quickly. This time it was my lucky day. While I was observing a couple of becards, this female ocelot decided to pass by. She was in no rush as she was hopping instead of running.
Wildlife parenting: Ocelots
Just like any mother, female ocelots are also concerned about their own little ones well being.
Jaguar encounter: Right place & Right time
You won't see this everyday; a Jaguar walking right in front of you.
Still sneaking around: Sasha, the ocelot
All grown up: Sasha, the ocelot.
Jaguar: 50/50 chance
Why it is possible to miss a great opportunity.
Why I like Ocelots
The reason why I like (to observe) ocelots.
Sometimes the trophy cam can surprise you too: Jaguar encounter in Kabalebo, Suriname.
Becoming an adult: Lotje vs Sasha
Time to move on; Sasha becoming a stranger for Lotje.
Ocelot Observation: 5th for Lotje
This is Lilith, Lotje's 5th child. Next ocelot's generation in plain view.
Something that started out of curiosity has now turned into a study: observing wild ocelots.
Sasha's first challenge: the Opossum.
The Time Has Finally Come ....
Sasha's first day all by herself.
Close relationship: Lotje & Sasha
A great understanding between Mother and Daughter.
The Jaguar is one of the wild cats of the Amazon that everyone likes to see, but there are other wild cats too.
First time at the feeder: Sasha with her mother, Lotje.
Behind the scenes
When no one is looking, this is what Lotje is doing during the night.
Ocelot update: no. 4!
Here is Lotje with her fourth kitten.
Last year, 2016, I had written about Lotje being a mom again for the fourth time. After months of waiting patiently Lotje was ready to bring her fourth kitten to the feeder. On January 3, 2017 just before I put the food for her on her buffet I noticed not one, but 2 pairs of eyes reflecting from my headlight. I thought that I was imagining seeing double, but when I was at the feeder I couldn't believe it. There she was with her fourth kitten.
After giving birth I didn't see Lotje with her young at the feeder the first few months, so I got a little bit worried that it was possible that she lost her young somehow (sickness or ambush by a larger predator). But it seems that Lotje had other plans in mind.
As you can clearly see in the picture the little one was not yet comfortable with my presence, but Lotje was. It is also noticeable that she decided to first get this little one used to the wild and after months of being taught the fine art of survival, she finally approved to go together to the feeder.
Lotje, the resident ocelot, likes to share her food with her cubs. How about with other animals not related to her?
Lotje, our resident ocelot, is once again a mother.
Junior's day out
Junior is a big boy now and even appears during broad day light.
In this article we take a look back of how fast Katja, the ocelot, had grown up.